There were celebrations all across the country on the evening of the announcement. The Supreme Court made two major rulings for same-sex supporters. The high court struck down California’s proposition eight that defined marriage between a man and a woman. The justices also ruled against a part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, now allowing same-sex couples to have the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
They sang, they cheered, they hugged.
“It is just like, ‘finally.’ It is like the tone of what is really happening in public opinion is catching up with the court system and the court system is reacting to that,” said Gregory Gilmore.
State Representative Ed Delaney said the ruling marked a second “D-Day.”
“We have landed, we have proven that we can survive, we are moving forward, and they are going to lose,” said Delaney.
Hundreds came out to celebrate this national decision, but the group said the fight is not over. They said the next step begins at the statehouse.
“So stand up, speak out, make your voice heard, and make your actions count,” said President of Indiana Equality Action Chris Paulsen.
Indiana House and Senate leaders said the marriage fight in our state will continue next year.
Both sides expecting to vote on Indiana’s amendment next session, which could ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.
“We have been hoping for this moment for a while,” said Karla Kirby.
Kirby and Rai Peterson went to Iowa to get married last December. They said gay marriage should not be like cell phone coverage, cutting out from state to state, they want it nationwide.
“There have always been gay people, there has always been gay marriage,” said Rai Peterson. “This is just a moment of the government recognizing it.”
House and Senate leaders said they will take up the resolution, known as HJR6, during next year’s legislative session. It has already passed the legislature once, if it passes again next year, it will get put on the ballot in 2014.